Teen takes plunge in memory of mum

Hannah Scott with her late mother Lynda Comber Scott.
Hannah Scott with her late mother Lynda Comber Scott.

A DAREDEVIL teen is to take the plunge in memory of her mum and to help raise money and awareness for a mental health charity.

Hannah Scott is due to drop thousands of feet during an adrenaline-fuelled sky dive to pull in the pounds for Mind and Save The children.

Hannah Scott, of Matlock, who is attempting a skydive in memory of her mother Lynda Comber Scott.

Hannah Scott, of Matlock, who is attempting a skydive in memory of her mother Lynda Comber Scott.

The 16-year-old from Matlock lost her mother two years ago after a long battle with mental health, and so decided it was time to give something back.

The Highfields pupil, who lives with her father and is currently studying for her GCSEs, said: “It was my idea really, I have never done anything like this before but I’m really looking forward to it.

“I am a bit nervous and I’m sure that will get worse as I get closer - I’m not sure how high the jump will be although I definitely won’t be backing out!

“I am splitting my total sponsorship money- Save The Children was something very close to my mum’s heart because she worked with them for 12 years.

“I would like to give the other half of the money to Mind as my mum had a mental illness and I think people tend to blank mental health out. I would love to give them something!”

Hannah will take to the skies for the tandem jump at Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire in March.

After coming up with the idea, she initially set herself a £300 target.

But the support from friends and family has been overwhelming and she is well on her way to tripling that total already.

“I have not done any big fundraising before, this is just the start of it for me,” she added. “I’m trying to get £2,000 and I think I will get there. I’ve got about £800 so far.”

Her mother Lynda tragically passed away two years ago after battling with severe depression.

She had been admitted to hospital several times and had become frail due to her condition.

The 51-year-old eventually collapsed and never recovered.

Hannah’s best friend Katie Reade, 16, has backed her plight to raise awareness for a mental health charity.

She said: “Ever since her mum passed away, she has become determined to help charities, and most importantly, to help people. She cares so much for other people.

“She has always mentioned to me that she wanted to do a sky dive, and when she told me that she was finally going to do one, I was over the moon!”

Anyone wanting to donate to Hannah’s plight can do so by logging on to her Just Giving page on www.justgiving.com/Hannah-Scott22